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I’ve compiled a really interesting list featuring the win-loss record of every advocate from the SG’s office and all of the top private advocates. The list is necessarily incomplete but I wanted to give everyone sample of it before I publish the final version tomorrow afternoon when the remaining cases come out. You can also [...]

The Supreme Court released four divided opinions today including a very interesting case rejecting an inmate’s right to test the DNA used to convict him more than 15 years ago. Justice Thomas was the author of another 5-4 decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services. For some reason, I had always assumed that he filed [...]

Term Index Updated

I’ve updated the Term Case Index to reflect the four opinions handed down this week. Earlier today I released opinion authorship statistics sorted by month. You can find the Term Index here and the authorship data here.

With 43 opinions released, the Court has now released just over half of the opinions it will release for the term. Lets take a look at some of the statistics. Number of Opinions: 43 cases Per Curiam: 7 cases (16%) 9-0: 19 cases (44%) 8-1: 1 case (2%) 7-2: 4 cases (9%) 6-3: 5 cases [...]

One can only hope that Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) horded the tasteless Intrade contract for “Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Be Next Justice to Depart US Supreme Court,” looking to cash in on his classy prediction that the Justice would be dead in nine months. I think everyone-except Bunning, that is–breathed a collective sigh of relief [...]

With the release of several opinions this week, the Court has now released 26 opinions for the term. Its time to take a look at some of the numbers: Opinions released: 26 Cases dismissed: 21 Oldest Case: Vanden v. Discover Bank, argued October 6, 2008 (141 day ago) Average number of days between arguments and [...]

Updates

I’ve updated a lot of the information on the Term Case Index in preparation for today’s cases. I expect the Supreme Court to hand down 1-2 opinions on merit this morning but its hard to say which ones specifically. My guess: Gall for sure and maybe Kimbrough. Regardless, the opinions that we get today will [...]



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  • First Opinion Stats: As we wait for the first opinion of the term, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the first signed opinion released in recen...
  • Updated Term Statistics: I've updated the term statistics and you can find the new versions of each chart below: Complete (includes all three charts) --- Term I...
  • Likelihood of a Petition Being Granted: There are a lot of numbers thrown out about the likelihood of a cert. petition being granted. The number I've always heard is 1%, but I some...
  • Advocate Scorecard for OT 09: I finished this a while ago but neglected to post it until now. Whoops? Anyways, here is the OT 09 advocate scorecard with win/loss record. ...
  • Change is Fun But...: I'm sad to see Justice Stevens leave the Court for a variety of reasons that have been well documented by people smarter than me. I'm also e...

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